Will Stratton new album « Gray Lodge Wisdom »
Striking the right tone is important for Will Stratton. Over the course of five full-lenght albums, several online-only releases and national attention from outlets like NPR, Stratton has strived to impact a balance between the eloquent lyrical perspectives festooning his music, and his ever-evolving approach to multi-tiered folk. So when his new LP, ’Gray Lodge Wisdom’, was written and recorded while Stratton underwent a year of chemotherapy, several extensive surgeries, and other treatment stemming from a diagnosis of late-stage testicular cancer in 2012, Stratton is understandably conflicted about the way his new record might come across.
« I hope that this doesn’t come across as a Record About Cancer, because it’s not », explains Will. « I think that it informed the process and the sound of the record more than it affected the content of some of the songs. I think this is the most happy or positive record I’ve ever made. It’s really about the ineffable clarity that comes from the luxury of being a survivor, more than it is about my illness itself ».
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